Youth & Family
At Housing Families, we are working to achieve housing equity and wellbeing for all. We partner with communities, families, and individuals to ensure housing stability by offering tailored services including temporary and permanent housing, food assistance, counseling and therapy, legal services, and youth programs.
With Housing Families’ continued growth, we now offer services in Malden, Everett, Revere, Chelsea, and Medford, where, since our inception in 1986, we’ve strengthened housing security for over 2,400 families and individuals.
We are looking for those who share in this vision and for skilled, compassionate individuals who share in our agency values of Respect, Caring, Integrity, Growth, and Team Work:
- Respect – We treat people with dignity.
- Caring – We show compassion and act thoughtfully.
- Integrity – We adhere to high standards.
- Growth – We foster innovation and continuous development.
- Team Work – We collaborate and celebrate.
Role Purpose & Responsibilities
The GREAT Youth and Families Program (GYFP) is a therapeutic after school program for homeless and formerly homeless children that offers individual counseling, therapy groups, academic tutoring and enrichment. The Academic Director will oversee curriculum, instruction, and ensure all students receive equitable support with the aim of helping them to cultivate a lifelong joy of learning. They will also create and provide trainings within the agency and other community settings related to trauma, homelessness, social and emotional learning, family engagement, and other relevant areas. The individual in this position will work in conjunction with the program staff, volunteers, and interns to create a welcoming and inclusive environment that values parents and guardians as full partners in their child’s development.
- In collaboration with the Clinical Director, plan and execute the weekday after school program, which includes homework assistance, recreation, and enrichment with an emphasis on building social and emotional competency.
- Work with the Clinical Director to assess student baselines and evaluate progress, planning and facilitating the implementation of interventions to support student learning needs, and be able to identify high quality resources for students and families.
- Supervise Program Manager, Family Liaison, Education Coordinator, and Van Driver through regular individual and team meetings, management of payroll, trainings, workshops, and conducting performance reviews.
- Prepare innovative and age appropriate curricula and theme based projects.
- Carry out administrative duties including but not limited to data reporting and budget management.
- Collaborate with other Program Directors and leadership staff in the agency to create and track goals, objectives, and action plans to advance organizational values.
- Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with parents, school district leaders, educators, and other key constituents in the community.
- Establish parent involvement in areas of advocacy, special events, and education.
- Contact or oversee contact with teachers and parents of all children and coordinate with schools to ensure that children’s academic needs are being met, including special education services when necessary.
- Attend or have supervisees attend school meetings, including IEPs.
- Oversee vacation and summer program, including activities, enrichment, and field trips.
- Handle crises as they occur. Provide supportive interventions for difficult interactions with children including conflicts between children and children unable or unwilling to engage in tutoring.
- Complete files and necessary documentation in a timely manner.
Qualifications / Requirements
- Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Secondary Education preferred. Massachusetts Teacher Licensure preferred.
- Minimum of 3 years classroom experience, 5 or more preferred.
- After school management experience preferred.
- Proficiency in curriculum development.
- Applicants who have experience working with families from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
- Must be able to pass a CORI/SORI background check.
- Must have valid driver’s license.
- Must be able to work 40 hours per week year round.
- Prior work experience in urban education, including supervisory experience.
- Ability to form strong interpersonal and strategic relationships with people from diverse backgrounds (students, families, staff, teachers, administrators, etc.).
- Knowledgeable of trauma-informed practices, restorative practices, youth development and social emotional learning.
- Must be willing to attend field trips during school breaks.
- Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.
- Must be 18 years or older.
- Must be fluent in English.
We believe that in order to be successful in this position, it is crucial that the candidate is able to honestly assess their strengths and determine that they include:
- Experience and love of working with children.
- Patience and a positive attitude.
- Growth mindset.
- Reliable, organized and punctual.
- Expert understanding of education requirements in an urban setting.
- Strong leader and team-builder.
- Ability to establish and maintain partnerships with various resources including local schools, nonprofits, and community groups.
- Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills with proven ability to interact with a diverse range of individuals both in person and over the phone, applying tact and discretion as situations demand.
- Must have excellent organizational, time management and follow-up skills.
- Must be able to clearly articulate outcome requirements and provide the necessary and appropriate resources and support for staff and students to successfully deliver on objectives.
- Responsible and professional conduct that serves as role model to staff and youth.
- Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.
- Must demonstrate ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word, and understanding of virtual educational platforms such as Google Classroom and Zoom.
- Investment in non-violent conflict resolution, confronting racism, sexism, and other injustices, and helping children and families heal and grow.
Applications / Compensation
- Interested candidate must submit a resume and cover letter to Laura Rosi at LRosi@housingfamilies.org.
- Compensation: $75K annual, plus competitive benefits.